Brocade’s HyperEdge Architecture to deliver infrastructure for ‘Effortless Networks’
By Digital News Asia April 11, 2013
- Automates and simplifies campus network, creating holistic wired and wireless infrastructure
- Enables agile, app-centric campus networks for the mobilized workforce
BROCADE has delivered its HyperEdge Architecture, which it claimed would provide the agile, application and services-centric campus network organizations need today,
By automating and simplifying the campus network, and creating a holistic wired and wireless infrastructure, the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture enables organizations to harness the productivity gains and competitive edge that mobility, cloud-enabled services and new applications can offer, the company said in a statement.
Brocade also announced the general availability of the Brocade HyperEdge features announced in 2012, including Distributed Services and Consolidated Management, along with additions and enhancements to the Brocade wired and wireless campus product portfolio.
The new HyperEdge features include Centralized Access Point (AP) management, Distributed AP Forwarding, Self-healing Brocade Mobility APs and Active-Active links within individual and scaled HyperEdge Domains.
According to IDC’s ‘Worldwide Mobile Worker Population 2011-2015 Forecast,’ mobile workers will account for more than a third of the overall global workforce within the next few years, and the adoption of services and applications to aid collaboration and increase productivity continues to grow.
In addition, the deployment of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), Unified Communications (UC) and the increased use of video for business communications place additional burdens on current campus networks.
Unfortunately, these overly complex, rigid, legacy campus networks are unable to support modern requirements for fast application deployment, instant information access and multi-device mobility.
A cornerstone of The Effortless Network vision, the Brocade HyperEdge Architecture provides unmatched levels of network agility and automation, the company claimed. It delivers a campus environment that can quickly and easily scale and respond to the demands of increased user mobility, while delivering instant access to services and applications.
Its features include:
- Distributed Services: The advanced features and services of premium campus switches are extended to entry-level switches within a single HyperEdge Domain, delivering intelligence to all user and device ports at a vastly reduced cost per port. Premium Brocade ICX campus switches can be added to existing Brocade ICX stacks in a HyperEdge Domain at any time to upgrade the service level of network infrastructure, providing unmatched investment protection.
- Consolidated Management: As a single logical unit comprised of multiple devices within each HyperEdge Domain, configuration network management and maintenance updates become faster and simpler through dynamic sharing of software images and network policies with fewer management touch points. The wired Brocade ICX infrastructure supports powerful collapsed aggregation and access domains, and the Brocade Mobility products allow centralized wireless APs or controller-based management options.
- Distributed Access Point (AP) Forwarding: Mobile traffic is secured and directed at the network edge, not tunneled back to a central controller, thereby preventing controller bottlenecks to deliver higher performance and reliability along with seamless mobile connectivity. Moreover, the self-healing capabilities of Brocade Mobility APs help ensure non-stop high-performance connectivity.
Brocade also announced enhancements to its extensive campus networking portfolio, including new switches, wireless AP models and a new wireless controller. All these new platforms are designed to scale and support new standards such as 802.11ac.